After Garrett steals the Spirit Stone from the hideout of the Resurrection, the Hammers, in need of all the help they can get with the Mechanists, demand it back. Likewise, the Keepers are interes... Read more
Sledge (David Riegel)
After Garrett steals the Spirit Stone from the hideout of the Resurrection, the Hammers, in need of all the help they can get with the Mechanists, demand it back. Likewise, the Keepers are interested in protecting it themselves, since they were the ones who told Garrett about the job in the first place. However, before Garrett gives it to either, he is interested in finding out exactly what the Spirit Stone is and what its powers are. He spends some time researching its origins, and finally learns how it was found. At the outskirts of the city, amidst some of the rocky, mountainous territory at the edges of civilization, some five years prior, the Hammers had begun to build a large power facility and smelting factory. However, in laying the foundation, they discovered a series of tunnels and caves beneath where they were planning to build. Temporarily ignoring them, they continued to build the facility, whilst sending occassional informal scouts below further and further to map and report back their findings. Eventually, some of the Hammers discovered the remnants of an ancient pagan underground church and living area. Thinking there might be relics of value, and perhaps blasphemous artifacts to destroy, the Hammers organized an official search party to go deep into the caves and return with any artifacts they could find.
Several days after the party left, only two members returned, covered in blood and appearing stark raving mad, claiming the caves were infested with the undead and were riddled with dark magic and spirits of forgotten gods. However, they returned with the Spirit Stone, which they claimed emanated an aura partially responsible for the raising of the dead. Believing that they had found the source of the dead's animation, the Hammers sent in another party almost immediately to eliminate the undead and gain other treasures. This time, all of the members returned... as zombies. The workers stationed at the growing factory were forced to fight with their resurrected comrades and many were killed in the battle.
Claiming the site to be an unholy region which, at the time, they could not contain, they ceased construction and sealed the entire area. Over time, the Spirit Stone, due to its apparent powers of healing, was labeled holy instead of unholy by the Hammer cardinals so that it could secretly be used in the war against rising powers within the Church. Because the Hammers who returned from the first expedition were quite mad, its true powers and capabilities were left unknown, as were its unholy origins.
Believing he will find the secrets, as well as a host of treasure in the haunted realm, Garrett intends to sneak through the abandoned factory and descend into the tunnels, brandishing the best weapons he can find. Gripping the sword of Saint Edgar, still fresh with the blood of The Resurrection, Garrett begins his journey, alone.
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